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The Arthur J. Higgins Texas Films Collection, no. 7 - Jourdanton, 1941

Albert Steg

Silent | 1941

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  •  Children outside on the playground 
  •  Children exit the school building 
  •  Boys receive their letterman jackets and sweaters on stage 
  •  Older students walk by the camera 
  •  Trophies 
  •  Young women and men play indoor volleyball 
  •  Adults; citizens of Jourdanton at local shops 
 
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This film from 1941 documents life in Jourdanton, Texas. Students play volleyball and baseball, teenage boys receive their letterman sweaters, and girls receive various trophies at a school assembly. The men and women of Jourdanton can be seen around downtown in front of the shops, working and running errands. This film is part of a larger collection of itinerant films made by Arthur J. Higgins. Higgins was an itinerant filmmaker in the 1930s and 40s who visited towns across the country with his wife, spending several days recording posed scenes of daily life there that focused primarily on the residents, for whom the film was typically shown at a local theater.